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Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Standing Guard

Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail

 

—War of 1812 —

 
Standing Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
1. Standing Guard Marker
Inscription. Fort Severn and Fort Madison on this stretch of the Severn River, along with a gun battery at Horn Point in Eastport, made Annapolis the best-fortified city in Maryland at the start of the War of 1812.

British ships hovered near the harbor several times and even sounded the depths of the Severn. Although Annapolis residents stayed on high alert in fear of attack, the enemy opted for less well-defended targets.

(Inscription next to the sketch on the right)
Fort Nonsense (approximate site highlighted) is not named in the 1814 sketch by William Tatham, but the note describes its location.

No Nonsense
A circular earthwork called Fort Nonsense added to Annapolis defenses. Unlike the forts built along the shoreline to guard against naval attack, Fort Nonsense was on high round to protect Fort Madison from overland access.

(Inscription above the photo on the left)
The U.S. Naval Academy was built on the grounds of Fort Stevens in 1845. Fort or Battery Severn at Annapolis ca. 1860. Image/Pictorial Field-book of the War of 1812.

"Annapolis being fortified, a Station for Troops, and not to be approached by our larger Ships on Account of the Shallowness of the Water, it is…probable the Occupation of it might cost us some little Time…”
Rear Admiral George Cockburn to Vice Admiral Alexander F.I.

Standing Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
2. Standing Guard Marker
Cochrane, July 17, 1814.
 
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail marker series.
 
Location. 38° 59.694′ N, 76° 29.064′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Jonas Green Park Road. Touch for map. The marker is located in Jonas Green Park. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21409, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oyster Reef (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Maryland World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (approx. ¼ mile away); Albert Cabell Ritchie (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of the Severn (approx. 0.3 miles away); The United States Naval Academy Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Husband Edward Kimmel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Evolutions of Strawberry Hill (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Sailing the Severn image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
3. Sailing the Severn
Standing Guard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
4. Standing Guard Marker
Sign at the entrance to Jonas Green Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, December 26, 2014
5. Sign at the entrance to Jonas Green Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 27, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 27, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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